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Albemarle
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Cruiser | U.K. | Tier VIII
Tech Tree Position
Surrey
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Drake
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General
Research price112000 exp
Purchase price9,000,000 Credits
Hit Points39,400 
Main Battery
203 mm/50 BL Mk IX3 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire4.62 shots/min.
Reload Time13 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time22.5 sec.
Firing Range14.27 km.
Maximum Dispersion131 m.
HE Shell203 mm HE 256 lb 
Maximum HE Shell Damage3,300 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell17 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity814 m./s.
HE Shell Weight116.1 kg.
AP Shell203 mm AP 256 lb 
Maximum AP Shell Damage4,500 
Initial AP Shell Velocity814 m./s.
AP Shell Weight116.1 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
113 mm/45 RP 41 Mk VI6 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range6.6 km.
Rate of Fire20 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell113 mm HE Mk XVI 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,600 
Initial HE Shell Velocity746 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm QR Mk II2 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.63 shots/min.
Reload Time96 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
Torpedo533 mm Mk IX** 
Maximum Damage15,533 
Torpedo Speed62 knot
Torpedo Range9.99 km.
AA Defense
113 mm/45 RP 41 Mk VI6 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second106.8 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
40 mm Vickers 2-pdr. Mk VII2 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second28 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
20 mm Oerlikon Mk IV16 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second57.6 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
40 mm Vickers 2-pdr. Mk VIII4 х 8 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second79.2 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed33 knot
Turning Circle Radius720 m.
Rudder Shift Time15 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range12.42 km.
Air Detectability Range7.7 km.
Battle Levels
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VIII
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9,000,000

Albemarle — British Tier VIII cruiser.

A project for a well-protected heavy cruiser drafted shortly after the outbreak of World War II. One of the fundamental differences in comparison to ships of previous generations was the placement of the main battery guns in three-gun turrets.

Modules

Main Battery Guns Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
180° Turn Time
(sec)
Maximum Dispersion
(m)
Maximum HE Shell Damage
(HP)
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell
(%)
Maximum AP Shell Damage
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
203 mm/50 BL Mk IX4.622.51313,300174,500 0600,000
Hull Hit Points
(HP)
Armor
(mm)
Armor
(mm)
Main Turrets
(pcs.)
Secondary Gun Turrets
(pcs.)
AA Mounts
(pcs.)
Torpedo Tubes
(pcs.)
Hangar Capacity
(pcs.)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Albemarle (A)39,40016152366/4/16/220 0900,000
Albemarle (B)43,8001615236620 32,5002,450,000
Torpedoes Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
Torpedo Tubes Reload Time
(sec)
180° Turn Time
(sec)
Maximum Damage
(HP)
Torpedo Speed
(knot)
Torpedo Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
533 mm Mk IX**0.6967.215,5336210 0600,000
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Mk VIII mod. 1014.3 0600,000
Mk VIII mod. 21015.7 19,5001,750,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 110,000 hp33 0600,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1 Spotting Aircraft Modification 1 Damage Control Party Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Defensive AA Fire Modification 1 Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1 Engine Room Protection
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 Secondary Battery Modification 1 AA Guns Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 1 Torpedo Tubes Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1
 Slot 5  Torpedo Lookout System Concealment System Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 2 Ship Consumables Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

At first sight, Albemarle is only a marginal upgrade over her predecessor, Surrey. She equips 1 more gun for a total of nine 203mm guns in 3 turrets with a standard AB-X configuration. However, Albemarle is the first British heavy cruiser to receive access to an improved Repair Party that restores up to 40% of her total HP over 20 seconds (compared to the 14% over 28 seconds of her predecessor). Albemarle's enhanced Repair Party grants her increased survivability that is bolstered by her already high HP pool of 43,800, which is reflective of her heavy cruiser classification. On the flip slide, Albemarle also shares the mediocre handling of most heavy cruisers. Nevertheless, Albemarle's ability to out-tank cruisers she cannot out-damage—and even those she can—is a valuable trait.

Albemarle's HE is hard-hitting with among the highest maximum damage per shell of all Tier VIII cruisers (behind only the 234mm-armed Cheshire), though her AP performance is more lackluster. While her AP shells are capable of achieving citadel hits on broadside cruisers even 12 km away, astute enemy ships will quickly turn to eliminate further citadel opportunities and captains will usually default to her HE shells for their more consistent performance and relatively high fire-setting chance. With respect to her turrets, Albemarle's gun firing arcs are appreciably better for the aft turret. Because Albemarle's forward guns cannot turn very far toward the stern, firing more than 3 guns while retreating is dangerous. Captains may prefer to stay 12-15 km from enemy cruisers and battleships for easy opportunities to retreat, repair, return, and retaliate. Though Albemarle can hunt destroyers too, her 13 second main battery reload time handicaps her in this role.

Torpedo-wise, Albemarle is a welcome improvement over her predecessor. She mounts the same number of tubes—4 per side for a total of 8—with the same reload time of 96 seconds. Her torpedoes deal negligibly less damage for a 10 km range, 2 km greater than Surrey's, and a 62 knot speed. The 10 km range is just long enough to be periodically usable while the 62 knot speed does not cripple the practical damage-dealing capabilities of her torpedoes. With a full concealment build and camouflage, Albemarle even has a 0.2 km window to torpedo enemies while undetected. On top of that, Albemarle's torpedo arcs are wider than Surrey's and comfortable to use, increasing the practical utility of her torpedoes. The ability to launch torpedoes single-file, a characteristic shared with all other British ships but Campbeltown, further opens up additional opportunities to hurt even bow-tanking targets.

Overall, Albemarle is what captains can expect from a heavy cruiser with torpedoes. The increased efficiency of her British Repair Party is an added benefit that serves as a ship-saving fallback when engagements don't work out as planned. Albemarle is a reliable damage dealer on a platform designed to last and captains will fare well provided they keep her afloat long enough to take advantage of her heal.

Pros:

  • Good survivability from large HP pool (behind only Prinz Eugen and Tallinn) and enhanced Repair Party.
  • Good HE shell damage and fire chance (both behind only Cheshire).
  • Usable torpedoes with wide arcs, 10 km range, and 62 kn speed.
  • Relatively good concealment for a Tier VIII cruiser.

Cons:

  • Mediocre 15.7 km range (3rd shortest at tier), though augmented by Spotting Aircraft.
  • Relatively long 13 second main battery reload time.
  • Mediocre gun firing arcs that require exposing broadside to fire a full salvo.

Research

Availability of researchable upgrades for Albemarle is as follows:

  • Hull: Upgrade to Hull (B) for more hit points, better AA and faster rudder shift time. Research of this module unlocks progression to Drake.
  • Gun Fire Control System: Upgrade to Mk VIII mod. 2 for an extra 10% range on the main battery.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Albemarle are as follows:

Commander Skills

Consumables

Albemarle can equip the following consumables:

Camouflage

Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 1 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce detectibility range.

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip Albemarle with Type 18 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, reduces her repair costs, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

Signals

Gallery

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